Master's students at their graduation ceremony

Accountancy

1 year English Starts end of August and end of January

Accounting is the language of business. All organizations, be it for-profit or not-for-profit, make use of accounting information systems to provide vital information for decision-making, planning, and control. In this Master's program, you gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of accounting principles and standards, management control, and related subjects, including information systems, sustainability reporting, and data analytics for accountants.

Education and COVID-19

All education takes place on campus again, now that the coronavirus measures have been scaled back. Of course, we will always maintain a safe environment for our students and staff. Therefore, a few basic measures still apply. For the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation, see our FAQs for prospective students.

#45
worldwide in Accounting and Finance
1
of a kind

with its unique Master File 

86%
of our students are (very) satisfied with the program

National Student Survey 2022

Program and courses 

The program focuses on the role of accounting information in facilitating decision-making, planning, and control.

  • Strong links with practice. The content of this program is established in close cooperation with leading (multinational) companies, and is regularly updated to reflect current practices in business. You will study real cases, work on assignments and frequently attend lectures of important corporate guest speakers. You will also have the opportunity to do an internship as a practical and in-depth basis for your Master File Accountancy.
  • Reinvented Master Thesis. Instead of one extensive document at the end of your studies, the workload will be spread smoothly across the Master's year.  Our so-called Master File Accountancy consists of multiple consecutive reports which complement each other in terms of their learning goals: a Business Application in which academic research is used to give advice on a real-life company problem; a Replication Study that focuses on the collection and analysis of data; and a Research Note in which students perform their own academic research study.
  • Train your professional skills and learn how to negotiate or communicate with business partners or advance your Excel skills.
  • Two tracks allow you to specialize in either:
    • Auditing
      Are you interested in verifying financial and non-financial information of organizations? Do you want to help providing accurate information to investors, banks, and other stakeholders to make relevant business decisions? Then the track Auditing is the right one for you.
    • Business Analysis and Control
      Do you want to plan and forecast the business activities of a company? Do you want to prepare data to support internal decision-making? This track offers that for you.
  • Ambitious Accountancy students can also apply for the following:
    - The Extended Master's Program, which adds a traineeship of half a year to the regular Master's program.
    - The QTEM network program, which adds an additional year to the program which you spend at a QTEM partner university and corporate partner.

More on the program and courses

  • Masterstudent Kevin

    Kevin Kootstra

    Master's student

    "The diversity of courses allows you to work towards your own goals. In my case, I chose courses that aligned with working at one of the Big 4 companies and becoming a RA."

Career prospects

Upon graduating you will receive a Master of Science with a specialization in Auditing or Business Analysis and Control.  Your Master's degree in Accountancy from Tilburg University opens outstanding career opportunities, whether your future is in accounting, business, finance, or higher management, here in the Netherlands or internationally.

This Master's degree is also an excellent stepping stone to the Post-Master Accountancy, European Post-Master Accountancy and the Post-Master's program Executive Master of Finance and Control.

Graduates work or start for example as:

  • Senior Business Controller at PostNL
  • Audit Trainee at Ministry of Finance
  • Manager at KPMG
  • Finance Trainee at ABN AMRO
  • Business Intelligence Consultant at Achmea Holding
  • Financial Analyst at ASML Netherlands

Alumni facts

  • Average number of months until first paid job: 1.83
  • Finds a job within 3 months after graduation: 83%
  • Gross monthly income one year after graduation: € 2,770

Source: National Alumni Survey, 2021 | n=12

More on your career prospects

Students on campus enjoying the good weather

Application and admission

This Master’s program starts:

End of August and end of January

Best preparatory programs:

  • Most Bachelor’s programs of Tilburg University School of Economics of Management will qualify
  • Bachelors with a solid basis in Mathematics and Statistics, Academic Training, Accounting, Finance, and Economics, Management or Marketing

Pre-Master’s program:

Available for both Research University students and students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO). 

Tuition fees and scholarships

International students, please find all information about the tuition fees and the scholarships available.

Interested in this Master’s program?

Check your eligibility

Students walking in the Koopmans building

More information on this Master's program

Download the brochure with information on program content, admission requirements, career prospects, housing and immigration matters, and student life in Tilburg. Throughout the year you can take part in various types of events: on-campus, abroad or online.

Interested in the MSc Accountancy?

Check your eligibility and the deadlines for application